History Is All You Left Me

History Is All You Left Me

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Secrets are revealed as OCD-afflicted Griffin grieves for his first love, Theo, who died in a drowning accident.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Teen, [2017]
ISBN: 9781616956929
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm.


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Secrets are revealed after Griffin's first love, Theo, dies.

Griffin thought he would always be with his boyfriend...until they broke up. Now his ex is dead, and Griffin finds himself living in the past and wondering if he could have saved the relationship and even a life.

Secrets are revealed as OCD-afflicted Griffin grieves for his first love, Theo, who died in a drowning accident.

What do you do when the love of your life dies?

Secrets are revealed as OCD-afflicted Griffin grieves for his first love, Theo, who died in a drowning accident.

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Jul 13, 2019

History Is All You Left Me is about a teen named Griffen who deals with heartbreak and a downwards emotional spiral after his first young love and ex dies from drowning. I really enjoy Adam Silvera's books, and after reading They Both Die At The End, I decided to pick this one up. And all I can say was that I was disappointed. I really disliked this read. It was awfully depressing, boring, and negative. I personally don't mind reading angst, but this book pushes it too far, to the point where it's distasteful. The story is meant to be a heart-wrenching journey on dealing with painful loss, but the main character is stuck in the past. All his thoughts and actions seem to revolve around his dead ex, Theo, to the point where it borders on an obsession. Because of this I found Griffen annoying at times. You feel as though the plot isn't progressing, because Griffen refuses to move on in a healthy way from Theo's death. The book itself is hard to read because of how uneventful and boring it is, especially in the first half. There wasn't much emotional growth in the characters, and by the end Griffen's life still revolves around Theo. I rate this book 1/5 stars. @Jacques of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

KateHillier Jul 25, 2018

Adam Silvera's books are really a marvel. I'm shattered into tiny pieces whenever I read one and yet I ask for more and am thankful for the experience. I really could never explain explain how wonderful his work is even in heartbreak. In this novel we have grief being the star, grief for the death of a friend and ex boyfriend, grief for a relationship that has changed, grief for the world having changed, grief for other relationships that have changed or been neglected as a result. Death changes everyone and that is well explored here. There are challenges and feelings and tangled relationships and fallout from that. It's really a beautiful mess and of course everyone is young and there are a lot of firsts involved here.

Your heart will be broken and then set on the road to healing and you will enjoy the experience.

Oct 12, 2017

Love, loss, grief, and renewal. This story is diverse and complex. I highly recommend to anyone who may enjoy reading about the struggles and honesty of love. Definitely a novel that consumed my thoughts once I started reading it.

Jul 06, 2017

This book is heartbreaking. When you decide to read it, make sure you have plenty of time (you can't read this one in pieces) and bring a box of tissues.

Apr 28, 2017


EvaELPL Mar 30, 2017

When Griffin's ex-boyfriend and first love Theo dies, his entire world is disrupted, and the only person he finds himself able to relate to is Theo's current boyfriend, Jackson. Alternating between flashbacks to Griffin and Theo's relationship (history) and the aftermath of Theo's death (now), this book about first and second loves, grief, and growing up packs an emotional punch from start to finish.

Feb 15, 2017

I read History is All You Left Me in the course of a day. When I wasn't reading it, I was constantly thinking about it. This is a beautifully written book about a boy who loses his first love at a young age and it alternates between present time and the past. Griffin and Theo's friendship-turned-relationship is organic, it's vibrant, and you see how they bring the best out of each other. Silvera has this knack for making you laugh on one page, and then gut punching you on the next. This is a great LGBT romance novel, and I highly recommend it.

I say this with the utmost regard, but Adam Silvera is an author who will rip your heart out, grind it up, and laugh at you while you bleed. History is a pull-no-punches exploration of grief, memory, and mental health. These characters were fully realized and surprised me at every turn. Even when I hated the things they did, I still found myself rooting for them and relating to them. Silvera does a nice job of balancing light and dark, and the ending is ultimately hopeful. If you love a feel bad book or just need a good cry, this may be your next favorite.


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Feb 09, 2018

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Oct 10, 2017

I don't know what will be left of me if love and grief can't bring you back to life. Maybe I need to be brought back to life, too.


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